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In Philadelphia, parts of a female asylum collapse, killing fifteen patients and injuring twenty more

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1860, zoomable image
07/20/1864
A structural defect, said to be caused years before in faulty installation of new boilers, caused several of the walls of the Female Insane Department of the Blockley Almshouse in Philadelphia suddenly to collapse. Dozens of inmates were buried in the rubble. Fifteen died and more than twenty more were seriously injured.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 817.

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